Impact and Sustainability
Our business model and operations are designed to deliver not only an economic but also a social return, which improves the quality of life of all as well as safeguards our natural environment.

Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the global standard, used by most countries to measure food security and social development. Livingstone Greentec solutions address 10 of the SDG’s directly and another 6 indirectly.

FINANCIAL CAPITAL
INPUT OUTCOME IMPACT
  • Co-financing modern agro projects
  • Job creation
  • Business partnerships
  • Increased economic growth in the region
  • Increased farmer's income
  • Less rural depopulation
  • Decreased economic migration
HORTICULTURAL TEHNOLOGY
INPUT OUTCOME IMPACT
  • 50% water saving
  • 80% less waste of plants
  • 80% less pesticides
  • 50% less fertilizers
  • 50% less energy
  • Increased food production by 40% per m2
  • Produce quality (1st grade) increased by 60%
  • Market dynamic production planning according to demand & trends
  • Substainable use of natural resources (water, energy) for production
  • Reduced food waste
  • Reduced logistical distances, CO2 emissions
BLOCKCHAIN TEHNOLOGY
INPUT OUTCOME IMPACT
  • International multi-access DLT tranding platform for fresh produce
  • Market-dynamic production planning
  • Decentralized food production
  • Redesigned, shorter and more direct food supply chain
  • Direct access to alternative markets
  • Fresh produce market price tracking
KNOWLEDGE
INPUT OUTCOME IMPACT
  • Greenhouse technology
  • Grow lab technology
  • Breeding
  • Health & safety
  • Hygiene
  • English
  • Employee development & retention program
  • Employee health & safety program
  • 90% of employees can speak English
  • 10% of employees are university educated
  • Equal gender participation
  • 60% of middle & higher management educated in the Netherlands
  • Access to latest horticultural R&D

Impact Investing is for those wishing to invest to make financial gains—and also have purpose and impact.

There is a silent revolution in every fabric of society going on at the moment.” Whether you are a banker, a student or a government representative, we all know there’s something there that’s not really working within our society whether it’s social or environmental.
Klaus-Michael Christensen
President of the Swiss Impact Investment Association

Food and Urbanisation

While the global food market is affected by the drivers that shape all aspects of the world economy – technological development, digitalisation, and globalisation, urbanisation in particular has had a very disruptive effect:

  • Urbanisation is foreseen to continue at an accelerating pace, with an expected 70% of the world’s population living in urban areas by 2050.
  • Roughly 30-40% of food production is currently being wasted due to sub-par logistics and poor consumer purchase planning
  • Compared to other agricultural products, most horticultural crops demand high levels of inputs, i.e. energy, water and agrochemicals.

The answer could lie in the development of sustainable urban deltas and/or smart cities - whereby food production is integrated into the city, bringing it closer to the people who will purchase and consume it.

Growing food closer to where people live has a number of positive effects. It is healthier for the environment, with vastly reduced logistics, and the possibility of wastewater reuse, it is also highly circular, and emits less CO2. Growing food closer to where people live also helps to create greater social coherence and new communities. It brings job creation, and with Livingstone’s approach, these would be high-tech jobs versus more traditional farming roles.

Retrofitting of modern food production into existing cities can be challenging. However, smart city planning is increasingly looking at integrating food security within urban areas.

Two of Livingstone Greentec’s key partners champion the growth and development of integrating horticulture into the city. Meiny Prins, CEO and Owner of Dutch horticulture high-tech company Priva, shares our vision to create sustainable urban deltas. Andreas Binkert, CEO of Architects Neusch, is a founder of the 2000-Watt Society of Switzerland and speaks and works around the world on the topic of 2000 Watt-Smart-Cities.